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Türkiye Futbol Federasyonu

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF), also called the Turkish Football Association, ( TFF) is the governing body of football (soccer) in Turkey. It was formed on 23 April 1923. It organizes the Turkey national football team and the Süper Lig. By 2004, there were 4,956 football clubs organized in Turkey, and a registered 4,775 professional and 136,823 amateur players with 233 women. 796 male and 20 female football referees are licensed by the TFF.

The Federation joined FIFA in 1923 and UEFA in 1962.

Turkish Cup

The Turkish Football Cup changed its name to Federation Cup (Federasyon Kupasi in Turkish) in the 1980–81 season, then back to Turkish Cup in 1992–93. It is now known as the Ziraat Bank Turkish Cup.

Awards

The champions of the Premier Super League, the Turkish Cup, the runner-up clubs of the professional leagues 2A, 2B, 3 and of the amateur league are awarded a trophy by the TFF each season.

Hosting bids

Turkey had several unsuccessful bids to host the UEFA European Football Championship.

Turkey tried a joint bid with 2004-European Champions Greece for UEFA Euro 2008, which failed. Their bid for UEFA Euro 2012 was also unsuccessful, with the competition going to Poland and Ukraine. The federation also submitted a bid to host UEFA Euro 2016, but on May 28 2010, UEFA announced that UEFA Euro 2016 will be hosted by France. France beat bids of Turkey (7-6 in voting in second voting round) and Italy, which had the least votes in first voting round.

Turkey had already hosted a UEFA Champions League final and the 2009 UEFA Cup final in Istanbul. At the youth-level, they hosted the UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship in 2008 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship, as they already hosted the event back in 1993 UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship.

National stadiums

- In Istanbul;
- - Atatürk Olympic Stadium (capacity: 83,000) - last match against Germany national football team on 8 October 2005 with a 2-1 result
- - Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium (capacity: 50,509 - last match against Belgium national football team on 10 September 2008 with a 1-1 result
- - BJK İnönü Stadium (capacity: 32,145) - last match against Sweden national football team on 6 February 2008 with a 0-0 result
- - Ali Sami Yen Stadium (capacity: 22,500) - last match against Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team on 21 December 2007 with a 1-0 result
- - Türk Telekom Arena (capacity: 52,695) - last match against Croatia national football team on 11 November 2011 with a 0-3 result
- In Ankara;
- - Ankara 19 Mayıs Stadium (capacity: 21,250) - last match against Moldova national football team on 20 August 2003 with a 2-0 result
- In Izmir;
- - İzmir Atatürk Stadium (capacity: 58,008) - last match against Côte d'Ivoire national football team on 11 February 2009 with a 1-1 result
- In Bursa;
- - Bursa Atatürk Stadium (capacity: 25,500) - last match against Armenia national football team on 14 October 2009 with a 2-0 result
- In Trabzon;
- - Trabzon Hüseyin Avni Aker Stadium (capacity: 20,000) - last match against Georgia national football team on 4 September 2004 with a 1-1 result
- In Gaziantep;
- - Gaziantep Kamil Ocak Stadium (capacity: 16,981) - last match against Denmark national football team on 18 February 2004 with a 0-1 result
- In Denizli;
- - Denizli Atatürk Stadium (capacity: 15,000) - last match against Belarus national football team on 18 August 2004 with a 1-2 result
- In Kayseri;
- - Kadir Has Stadium (capacity: 32,864) - last match against Estonia national football team on 5 September 2009

Sponsorship

Companies that Turkish Football Federation currently has sponsorship deals with include

- Nike, Inc. - Official sponsor
- Turkcell - Official sponsor
- Garanti Bankası - Official sponsor

- Ülker - Official sponsor
- Coca Cola - Official sponsor
- Efes Pilsen - Official sponsor

- Mercedes Benz - Official sponsor
- Turkish Airlines - Official sponsor
- Iddaa - Official sponsor
- Sarar - Official sponsor


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Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkish_Football_Federation

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